- housing accommodations, as a place of residence; lodgings.
- Military. the buildings, houses, barracks, or rooms occupied by military personnel or their families.
- the after part of a ship's side, usually from about the aftermost mast to the stern.
- the general horizontal direction 45° from the stern of a ship on either side: Another boat is coming near on the port quarter.
- one of the stations to which crew members are called for battle, emergencies, or drills.
- the part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
- quarter point.
- any of the four equal areas into which an escutcheon may be divided by a vertical and a horizontal line passing through the center.
- any of the variously numbered areas into which an escutcheon may be divided for the marshaling of different arms.
- any of the arms marshaled on an escutcheon.
- a charge occupying one quarter of an escutcheon, especially that in dexter chief.Compare canton (def. 3).
verb (used with object)
- to divide (an escutcheon) into four or more parts.
- to place or bear quarterly (different coats of arms, etc.) on an escutcheon.
- to display (a coat of arms) with one's own on an escutcheon.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of quarter
OTHER WORDS FROM quarterquar·ter·er, nounhalf-quarter, adjectivein·ter·quar·ter, nounoutquarters, noun
Words nearby quarter
Example sentences from the Web for quarter
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So I went home—we only lived about a quarter mile away—and I got on my bicycle and rode back, and he was in the donut shop.
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.
A quarter of a century later, the new head of the Roman Catholic Church claimed that those days had been consigned to history.
More than 30 percent of New Yorkers receive Medicaid, as do more than a quarter of Californians.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again|Lloyd Green|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That he had some notice of what was to be expected from that quarter, appears by the following letter to his friend, Mr. Becher.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)|Thomas Moore
After this it disappeared, having remained somewhat less than a quarter of an hour.Buffon's Natural History, Volume II (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
At the end of a quarter of an hour of arrest, which had nothing disagreeable in it, he was simply asked to leave.
At a quarter past the hour she felt so poorly as to be compelled to retire to her room.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
About a quarter of an hour, as I say, had elapsed since I had told them the news when a loud assertive voice fell on my ear.Trafalgar|Benito Prez Galds
British Dictionary definitions for quarter
- one fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth
- either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth
- to divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross
- to place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another
Word Origin for quarter
Idioms and Phrases with quarter
see at close quarters; draw and quarter.